Law 34: Be Royal In Your Own Fashion: Act Like A King To Be Treated Like One

In the image: Giovanni Vincenzo “Gianni” Infantino is a Swiss–Italian football administrator and the current president of FIFA. He was elected President of FIFA during the 2016 FIFA Extraordinary Congress on 26 February 2016. He was reelected as FIFA President on 5 June 2019. Wikipedia

The way you carry yourself will often determine how you are treated: in the long run, appearing vulgar or common will make people disrespect you. For a king respects himself and inspires the same sentiment in others. By acting regally and confident of your powers, you make yourself seem destined to wear a crown.

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Keys To Power

  • We accept limitations that are self-imposed. The solution is to deliberately force ourselves in the opposite direction — downplay the failures and ignore the limitations, make ourselves demand and expect as much as a child.
  • The Strategy of the Crown is based on a simple chain of cause and effect: if we believe we are destined for great things, our belief will radiate outward, which will infect the people around us, who will think we must have reasons to feel so confident.
  • Be overcome by your self-belief. Even while you know you are practicing a kind of deception on yourself, act like a king. You are likely to be treated as one.
  • Always act with dignity, no matter the circumstance.
  • Regal bearing should not be confused with arrogance. Arrogance may seem the king’s entitlement, but it betrays insecurity.
  • Outward strategies to projecting a royal demeanor: make a hold demand. Set your price high and do not waver.
  • Go after the highest person in the building. This immediately puts you on the same plane as the chief executive you are attacking. By choosing a great opponent, you create the appearance of greatness.
  • Give some sort of gift to those above you.

Reversal

  • The idea behind a regal demeanor is to set yourself apart from other people. But if you take this too far, it will be your undoing. Never make the mistake of thinking that you elevate yourself by humiliating people.

Example

In the image: Christopher Columbus

Christopher Columbus did not accept his low standing in the world he was born in. He recreated his family tree, married into nobility, and peddled with kings. Now, unless he was mad, people thought, there must be valid reasons behind his bold requests. He must be legitimate. Ask for less, receive less. What you tolerate is what you end up with. Do not think lowly of yourself. You’re a king in your own right. You’re a queen in your own right. Princes & princesses are no good today.

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The 48 Laws of Power (1998) is a non-fiction book by American author Robert Greene. The book is a bestseller, selling over 1.2 million copies in the United States.

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